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Washing and Folding Towels

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Take care of your towels and they will stay soft and luxurious for many showers to come.

Towel-Care Tips
1. Avoid chlorine bleach, which eats up towels.
2. Do not use fabric softener; it can reduce absorbency.
3. Dry towels on medium heat; overdrying can weaken fibers.
4. Do not iron terry-cloth towels.

Towel Folding 101
Fold towels so that the edges are hidden and the towels look fluffy and neat. Fold the towel in thirds lengthwise, and then hang it over a rod. For storage, fold towels in one-third from the top, then fold that portion over onto the bottom third, to form a rectangle.

Eco-friendly Washing and Drying
It is important to be eco-conscious during all of our day-to-day tasks. By using an environmentally friendly washer and dryer, like the Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer and Dryer, you can save water and energy every day. The steam washer uses up to 73 percent less water and 77 percent less energy than conventional washers, while the steam in the dryer freshens clothing to eliminate unnecessary wash cycles and reduce the need for chemical dry-cleaning.

Resources
Special thanks to Whirlpool for giving one lucky member of our studio audience a Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer/Dryer and Storage Tower. Special thanks to Macy's for giving a three-piece towel set and reusable cotton tote to everyone in our studio audience. For more smart, eco-friendly ideas for every room of the house, check out Martha's special Good Things for a Healthy Home, which was also given to our studio audience.

Comments (1)

  • homeworker 20 Oct, 2011

    How do you remove the "stale" smell from towels and facecloths after they have been washed several times? The smell seems to remain on your body after using the towel or facecloth.